ANNUAL CONFERENCE Toddlers and Technologies: Risks and Benefits of Digital Media in Families

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  • January 19, 2021
  • 9:00 AM

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ANNUAL CONFERENCE Toddlers and Technologies: Risks and Benefits of Digital Media in Families

Friday, January 22, 2021, 9:00am to 12:15pm

Featuring keynote speakers:

Elizabeth Milovidov, Law Professor & Digital Parenting Consultant, Council of Europe, e-Enfance
Jenny Radesky, M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Michigan Medical School, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics

Mixed messages about digital media use come at us from all directions. We hear warnings about screen time negatively affecting children’s cognitive and language development, but we also learn of innovative educational and psychological apps that enhance development. We are advised against sharing our children’s images on Facebook and Instagram, and yet we rely on social media to stay connected with loved ones. Children are inevitably exposed to various types of digital media. How do we, as parents and professionals, appropriately and effectively manage their (and our own) use of technology?

This conference will explore how digital media impacts young children, parents, and family relationships – especially in the time of COVID-19 with the increased stress on families. Our presenters will demystify the content of this technology and how its mobility and interactivity influence the relationships we have with our devices. They will also explain how they shape children’s development and family interactions. Presenters will provide opportunities to reflect on digital media and what is needed to be an informed consumer. They will also provide guidance for parents and professionals on how to benefit from digital media.

About the Speakers:

Dr. Elizabeth Milovidov is a mom to two tech-savvy little boys, a lawyer, law professor and eSafety consultant. She is a member of the Working Group of experts on Digital Citizenship Education and an independent expert on Digital Parenting and Children and Internet for the Children’s Rights Division of Council of Europe. She is an advisor on European Cooperation and International Projects for e-Enfance, a French online child protection association providing support to parents and children in the digital age. Her core work involves researching solutions for parenting in the digital age and she has authored several guides and workbooks for parents, moderates a Facebook community for parents and is the founder of, a website and community with resources for parents.

Dr. Jenny Radesky is a Developmental Behavioral Pediatrician whose research focuses on family digital media use, child social-emotional development, and parent-child interaction. She uses a combination of observational, qualitative, and passive sensing methods to examine how parents and young children use mobile media throughout daily routines. She authored the 2016 American Academy of Pediatrics digital media guidelines for young children.